ERIK PIETERS will sit out Stoke City's Capital One Cup third round tie with Tranmere at Prenton Park tomorrow evening.
However, manager Mark Hughes hopes the Dutch international left back will be fit to return in Sunday's televised Premier League encounter with Norwich at the Britannia Stadium.
Pieters picked up a slight calf injury in Sunday's 3-1 defeat at Arsenal which forced him to limp out of the game at the Emirates Stadium with 23 minutes remaining.
The problem is not believed to be serious but Hughes will not risk him as the Potters bid for a place in the last 16 of the competition.
He told stokecityfc.com: "Erik won't play against Tranmere because he has a problem with a calf muscle but it's nothing too serious and hopefully he will be available for the Norwich game at the weekend."
Hughes has also confirmed that goalkeeper Asmir Begovic will be rested for the trip to Birkenhead, giving Thomas Sorensen the opportunity to make his second appearance of the season.
Sorensen played in the previous round as the Potters beat Walsall 3-1 - one of eight changes Hughes made to his starting line-up for the game at the Britannia Stadium against the League One outfit.
"There are one or two things I want to take a look at and this is an ideal opportunity to do that without being disrespectful to Tranmere," the manager added.
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